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“Stray Cat Strut” by the Stray Cats

Brian Setzer has gone on to bigger and better things since The Stray Cats, but it’s my opinion that he plays a better 50s style guitar than virtually all of the 50s guitar players. Here, in “Stray Cat Strut” he nails the genre. The slide show is pretty cool, too.

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Celebrating Steely Dan

Like The Beatles, Steely Dan is a group that is so much greater than the sum of its parts, and for whom the tools of the recording studio itself became in important and integral part of their art.

After producing two albums in the traditional fashion, with a few musicians working together in a studio,

Ashokan Farewell by Jay Ungar and Molly Mason

I call this “The greatest Civil War song that was never a Civil War song.” It is poignant and beautiful. If you have never seen Ken Burns’ masterpiece miniseries “The Civil War” you owe it to yourself to do so. It is an education on so many levels, highlighted by the recurrence of this wonderful